SAVE MONEY AND TIME BY FOLLOWING OUR GUIDELINES. You will save money and receive your parts quicker if you format files correctly. Please refer to our help documents below and our frequently asked questions to submit a file that is ready to machine.
You will find detailed information on the types of files you can submit as well as guidance with CAD drawings.
If you can't find what you're looking for please don't hesitate to contact us.
CNC stands for computer numeric controlled. This is a means of automatically guiding a machine by a computer reading numeric code supplied by the operator. There are many types of machines controlled in this way. At CNC projects we specialize in 3 axis CNC routing.
A router cutter could be basically described as a drill bit, but instead of just cutting downwards it can also cut side ways. 3 axis refers to the amount of directions that the machines can move. The 3 axis are the X,Y and Z axis. The x axis moves forwards and backwards, the y axis moves left to right and the z axis moves up and down
The indexing 4th axis is a device that holds the material (stock) and can be manually rotated (on the 4th axis)and locked accurately in 360 degrees. This allows the machine to cut the stock from any angle on this axis with either 2D or 3D machining operations.
There is a large difference in cost when cutting various materials. The general rule is the denser the material to slower it is to cut and therefore the more expensive to cut.
For example cutting aluminium generally would cost around 6 times that of MDF and acrylic around 4 times.
You can provide your own material, however please specify and make it known in the submission process or when you contact us so that we take this in to consideration when calculating the price and lead time.
3DM (for any type of file), DWG, DXF(for 2D files) IGES (3D cut files) STL (for polygon 3D files)are preferred, though most file types can be processed upon request. For more information please see our submitting a CAD file document.
A CAD (computer aided design) file is a drawing or model produced in the computer from which we can directly program our machines to cut from.
A sketch is a file that is usually a hand drawn picture of what you want cut. It also could be a CAD file that is proportionally wrong and needs considerable work before making it ready to program.